• Mónica Mayer, Primero de diciembre de 1977 (December First, 1977), gelatin silver prints and acrylic on canvas, 25 5/8 × 31 1/2".

    “When In Doubt . . . Ask: A Retrocollective Exhibit of Mónica Mayer”

    Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC)
    Insurgentes Sur 3000 Centro Cultural Universitario Delegación Coyoacán
    February 6–July 31, 2016

    Curated by Karen Cordero Reiman

    As the retrocollective of the title suggests, the first retrospective of Mónica Mayer’s work will emphasize the collaborative nature of the Mexican artist, critic, and activist’s forty-year feminist art practice. Highlighting her engagements with such coconspirators as Victor Lerma and Maris Bustamante, the show will also underscore the importance of Mayer’s dialogue with north-of-the-border associates Suzanne Lacy and the members of Los Angeles’s Feminist Studio Workshop and Woman’s Building. Mayer made a habit of preserving so-called ephemeraas a political act, a refusal to let minor histories be erased or forgotten, and archival documents will here be exhibited alongside sixty-seven works in a range of media. Ambitiously, the interactive installations El tendedero (The Clothesline), 1978/2016, and Justicia y democracia, 1995/2016, will be reactivated. A catalogue with contributions by Griselda Pollock and Amelia Jones, among others, promises to shed light on the space Mayer carved out for feminism and art in Mexico.